Top Chef Canada - Episode Guide
Winner Takes All
Episode 8 - Season 7 - May 20, 2019
In the first part of the finale, the final four chefs go head-to-head in a high-stakes challenge which will determine who moves on. In the last Elimination Challenge of the season, at the Relais & Chateaux country estate at Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, it’s a course-to-course battle as the chefs serve meals of a lifetime to a table of our resident judges. Only one chef will win it all and become Canada’s Top Chef.
It’s a Family Affair
Episode 7 - Season 7 - May 13, 2019
It’s a family affair in this heart-warming QuickFire Challenge as the chefs are reunited with a loved one and tasked with creating a dish that reminds them of home. There’s only one catch, the loved ones must cook by themselves for the first 15 minutes of this 45-minute cook. Judging the pairs are Toronto chef-brothers Rob Rossi, owner of Giulietta and Craig Harding owner of Campagnolo, La Palma and Constantine. In the Elimination Challenge, chefs must create a dish that pairs with one of four Mill Street Beers and tensions are at an all-time high as the remaining five chefs battle it out for a spot in the finale.
What Goes Up, Must Come Down
Episode 6 - Season 7 - May 6, 2019
The power of an ingredient should never be underestimated and in this QuickFire Challenge, chefs work in teams of two to create a progressive tasting menu that highlights just one single ingredient. Judging is four-time James Beard Award-winner and the owner of Philadelphia’s Zahav, chef Michael Solomonov. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs harness their wild side to create a dish that combines a luxury ingredient with a carnival classic and serve it to guests at the country’s largest theme park, Canada’s Wonderland. Joining our judges is Top Chef U.S. alumni and the owner of Fox & the Knife in Boston, Mass., chef Karen Akunowicz.
The Battle of Bao
Episode 5 - Season 7 - April 29, 2019
In a very special QuickFire Challenge, Top Chef Canada pairs with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada’s Kid Food Nation to challenge the chefs to take an ingredient that kids normally hate and use it in a dish that any kid would love. The chefs must please some very particular palates including Top Chef U.S. All-Star winner, acclaimed chef/owner of Juniper & Ivy in San Diego, Calif. and father or two, Richard Blais. It’s a food hall takeover and in this Elimination Challenge, teams of two must take a restaurant concept and translate it into a high-quality, fast-casual dining experience for 150 patrons at Toronto’s Assembly Chef’s Hall. A double-elimination has everyone on edge as both chefs on the losing team are sent home.
The Nordic Feast
Episode 4 - Season 7 - April 22, 2019
Diving into their next QuickFire Challenge, the chefs challenge conventions by combining two unlikely ingredients: seafood and cheese. Top Canadian cheese purveyor and owner of Toronto’s famed Cheese Boutique, Afrim Pristine, joins to judge this ultimate grilled cheese challenge. Later, in the Elimination Challenge, chefs take inspiration from the land of forests and fjords to create an authentic Nordic feast. It’s a star-studded tasting table at the beautiful Toronto Islands as the chefs are judged by the owner of Red Rooster in Harlem, New York City, Swedish-raised culinary icon Marcus Samuelsson and Executive Chef at New York City’s Two Michelin-Starred Scandinavian restaurant Aquavit, Chef Emma Bengtsson.
Episode 3 - Season 7 - April 15, 2019
It’s Restaurant Wars! For the first time in Top Chef Canada history, the entire episode is dedicated to this marquee challenge. In part one, two chefs put their finesse to the test in a head-to-head culinary skills test to pick the members of their restaurant wars teams. In part two, the chefs head to the top of the CN Tower, 1,100 ft. in the air, to create their ultimate restaurant concept. With a $10,000 prize on the line and veteran New York Magazine, James Beard award-winning restaurant critic Adam Platt on board as guest judge, stakes are at an all-time high.
Bring on the Mimosas, Baby!
Episode 2 - Season 7 - April 8, 2019
Bring on the mimosas baby, it’s the most important meal of the day! In the QuickFire Challenge, chefs make their ultimate breakfast and serve it to Eden and guest judge Suzanne Barr in bed…with the winning chef earning a $5,000 cash prize. In the elimination challenge, the chefs are asked to take their cooking to new heights by creating their ideal Air Transat in-flight meal and then reimagine it into an hors d'oeuvre. Celebrated Québecois chef Daniel Vezina joins 100 guests at Toronto’s Fermenting Cellar for this high-flying adventure.
Episode 1 - Season 7 - April 1, 2019
In the season debut, Host Eden Grinshpan and Head Judge Mark McEwan welcome 11 chefs, representing the coming of age of the Canadian culinary scene, to compete in the most prestigious cooking competition in the country and to battle it out for the title of Canada’s Top Chef.
In a never-seen-before, high-stakes QuickFire, one dish will determine a chef’s destiny for the entire competition. Later, in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs are asked to take inspiration from a recipe handed down to them from a loved-one and reimagine it into a Top Chef Quality dish. In the first tasting of the season Eden and Chef McEwan, are joined by resident judges Chris Nuttall-Smith, Mijune Pak, and Janet Zuccarini.
Finale Four Ways
Episode 8 - Season 6 - May 27, 2018
It’s the Finale! First, the final four chefs go head-to-head-to-head in a high-stakes Quickfire Challenge which will determine who goes on to the finals.
At the majestic Omni King Edward hotel, it’s a course to course Elimination Challenge as the chefs battle to serve meals of a lifetime to the table of Top Chef Canada resident judges. Only one chef will win it all and become Canada’s Top Chef.
Wine of the Tiger
Episode 7 - Season 6 - May 20, 2018
At the heart of French cuisine are the decadent flavours of butter, cream and cheese, but in this final-five QuickFire Challenge, the chefs are challenged to recreate the richness of classic French dishes using only plant-based ingredients. Judging this French-Vegan challenge is acclaimed New York City chef Amanda Cohen. Later, it’s the guy with the smile! Top Chef Canada: All-Stars alumni Dustin Gallagher is back to judge the Elimination Challenge where chefs must create canapés that pair with California wines and serve them to an exclusive cocktail party of 65 guests.
That’s a Whole Lotta Dough!
Episode 6 - Season 6 - May 13, 2018
Top Chef Canada: All-Stars winner Nicole Gomes is back in the kitchen to judge the Quickfire Challenge where the chefs put a new spin on an old favourite, fried chicken. Later, in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs have to take the flatbread food revolution and give it international flair, creating pizzas inspired by countries as diverse as Korea and Turkey. From L.A.’s hottest new restaurant Felix, Chef Evan Funke is on hand to determine who gets the dough.
Episode 5 - Season 6 - May 6, 2018
Herbs and spice and everything nice. In this QuickFire Challenge, chefs randomly pick two herbs and spices to incorporate into a Top Chef Canada-quality dessert. Next, its game on in the Elimination Challenge as arena food gets a Top Chef Canada makeover. In teams of two, the chefs cater a rink-side post game party for a group of young hockey players and their parents and coaches. A double-elimination has everyone on edge as both chefs on the losing team are sent home.
Episode 4 - Season 6 - April 29, 2018
In a QuickFire Challenge that tests vision and leadership, the chefs are paired with culinary students to teach them a dish...but are thrown one major curveball. With 16 cooks in the kitchen, mass chaos ensues. Later, the chefs are divided into two teams to conceptualize and create the ultimate menu in the marquee Elimination Challenge of the season, Restaurant Wars! The stakes are higher than ever as a massive twist threatens to alter the competition. Superstar food writer and critic, known for making and breaking restaurants, Ruth Reichl joins as guest judge.
Episode 3 - Season 6 - April 22, 2018
It’s a mash-up of trends in this Quickfire Challenge where the nine remaining chefs must create dishes that combine up two of the hottest food crazes of the moment. Judging is food writer and culinary trend-setter Peter Meehan. Later in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs go on a culinary voyage creating an authentic fine-dining feast inspired by eight different regions in Mexico. Master of Mexican cuisine, Top Chef U.S. veteran and Michelin-starred chef Carlos Gaytan is on hand to offer expertise and joins the spicy tasting table.
What Came First…The Chicken or the Immunity?
Episode 2 - Season 6 - April 15, 2018
Waste not, want not! In this high-stakes QuickFire challenge, a hot-button culinary issue is put to the test when the chefs are challenged to produce a Top Chef Canada quality dish while creating as little food waste as possible. Judged by James Beard award-winning chef Danny Bowien, the winning chef earns a special immunity that holds more power than ever seen before. Canadian culinary icon Lynn Crawford judges the ultimate farm-to-table Elimination Challenge where the chefs must feed the farmers, creating dishes that highlight Canadian vegetable, fruit, grain, dairy and egg farms.
The Next Wave
Episode 1 - Season 6 - April 8, 2018
In the season debut, Host Eden Grinshpan and Head Judge Mark McEwan welcome 11 chefs, representing the next generation of Canadian culinary stars, to compete in the most prestigious cooking competition in the country and to battle it out for the title of Canada’s Top Chef. For their first QuickFire Challenge, Chef McEwan sets the bar in a grueling, four-round, precision skills challenge. Later, in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs are asked to re-imagine a dish made famous by a Canadian culinary trailblazer. It’s a star-studded tasting table for the first elimination when Eden, Chef McEwan, and resident judges Chris Nuttall-Smith, Mijune Pak, and Janet Zuccarini are joined by culinary icons Susur Lee, Rob Feenie and Anne Yarymowich.
The World According To Chang
Episode 2 - Season 4 - January 19, 2019
The QuickFire Challenge gets slippery as the chefs dig deep into a giant bowl of noodles to find a specific ingredient they must use in a noodle-inspired dish. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs pair off to create dishes for an Asian family style meal. In both challenges, the chefs compete to impress the legendary Chef David Chang of the Momofuku Restaurant Group who joins as guest judge.
Chefs, Start Your Engines
Episode 4 - Season 4 -
In the QuickFire Challenge, the chefs face off in a culinary skills tournament featuring the ever-versatile egg. Things speed up in the Elimination Challenge as the chefs head to the racetrack where they create southern style street food for a group of race fanatics. The chefs prove who can cut it in the fast lane in this daring, high-speed challenge. Joining the judges table is Zane Caplansky and Chef Pino Posteraro.
Episode 3 - Season 4 -
This episode’s hot and spicy QuickFire Challenge requires the chefs to showcase peppers that vary in intensity based on the Scoville Heat Scale. The competition gets even hotter in the Elimination Challenge as the chefs cook a buffet meal for Toronto’s Bravest at the Toronto Fire Academy – but they must first rescue their ingredients from a burning building. This action-packed challenge pits men against women to find out who can take the heat. Chef Roger Mooking joins as guest judge for both challenges.
Game, Set, Match
Episode 5 - Season 4 -
The chefs are in knots for the QuickFire Challenge with Top Chef Canada season three winner Matthew Stowe who returns to judge the first ever Top Chef three-legged cook-off. The Elimination Challenge takes the chefs to the big leagues to cook for Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson at Real Sports Bar and Grill. In this challenge, the chefs must create their take on fine dining using classic snacks found at sports venues.
Lords And Ladies At The Castle
Episode 7 - Season 4 -
In the QuickFire Challenge, the chefs are tasked to create a delectable dish using extreme and weird ingredients such as crocodile, cactus, crickets, mealworms, corn smut, and bull testicles. Food adventurer Bob Blumer stops by to judge which chefs have the strongest dish – and stomach. Later, a medieval food battle takes place at Casa Loma for the Elimination Challenge in which the chefs must create food fit for a king at a castle garden party. Guest judge is Chef Hugh Acheson and guest resident judge is Chef Lynn Crawford.
Episode 6 - Season 4 -
In this QuickFire Challenge, Iron Chef superstar judge Chef Morimoto puts the remaining chefs to the test to see what they can whip up using Canadian lentils. For the Elimination Challenge the chefs face off in Restaurant Wars – the ultimate test for any chef. In this full-throttle battle, only one team can prevail. Joining Lisa, Mark and Chef Morimoto is guest resident judge Chef Lynn Crawford.
School's Out For The Chefs
Episode 8 - Season 4 -
In the QuickFire Challenge the chefs are “as cool as a cucumber” after they’re tasked with creating a dish based on a popular food idiom for guest judge Chef Wylie Dufresne. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs head back to school to create a healthy lunch buffet using only real wholesome foods. Chef Chuck Hughes and Top Chef Canada season 3 runner-up Danny Smiles guest judge to determine who has an A+ dish.
The Battle Of The Sexes
Episode 1 - Season 4 -
In the season debut, 14 of the country’s best chefs arrive in Toronto to compete in Canada’s biggest and best culinary competition for the most extreme season yet. The culinary frenzy begins with the first QuickFire in which head judge Chef McEwan pairs the chefs up in a prep-and-cook relay race. Later, the Elimination Challenge marks the first Battle of the Sexes Challenge in which the men and women go head-to-head to create a five course tasting menu at the SoHo Met Hotel. Chef Susur Lee serves as guest judge and Chopped Canada host Dean McDermott and wife Tori Spelling join for this gender-themed cook off.
The Finale's Taboo
Episode 10 - Season 4 -
The Top Chef Canada finale is here and the chefs make a Bond-style entrance as they drop into the final location to create the meal of a lifetime. Only one will win it all and take home the title of Canada’s Top Chef.
The Science Of Food
Episode 9 - Season 4 -
In the QuickFire Challenge, the chefs must create the best cookies ever for Chef Duff Goldman from Food Network’s Ace of Cakes. In the Elimination Challenge, the final five chefs head to the Ontario Science Centre in an experimental challenge that explores molecular gastronomy as they create one last dish before the finale. Chef Susur Lee returns as guest judge.
A Day at the Ballet
Season 3 - December 15, 2017
For the Quickfire Challenge, Chef McEwan puts on his chef whites and cooks up an amazing dish in record time. Then the chefs need to make a dish that rivals Chef McEwan’s creation in the same amount of time – it is the reverse quickfire. For their Elimination Challenge, the chefs create canapés for a cocktail party in support of Canada’s National Ballet School. Guest judge is Canadian ballet star Rex Harrington.
The Roller Derby Smackdown
Season 3 - December 14, 2017
In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create their own take on a coffee shop staple – the donut. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs need to create a healthy and balanced meal for a local roller derby match. Joining at judges table is Chef Elizabeth Falkner (The Next Iron Chef: Redemption) and WWE superstar Trish Stratus.
The Category is Food
Season 3 - December 13, 2017
In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create the ultimate Vegan dish for the host of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, George Stroumboulopoulos. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs break into different groups and they must create dishes for different food service categories. The categories match the different operations of Senses Restaurant within their home at the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel. Guest judge for this challenge is internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud.
Down on the Farm
Season 3 - December 12, 2017
In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a dish using the contents of an MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) for the star of the hit TV series Survivorman, Les Stroud. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs divide into pairs and go on an old-fashioned scavenger hunt as they search for food to create a farm feast. Chef Robert Irvine from Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible joins as guest judge.
My First Dish
Season 3 - December 11, 2017
In the season debut, the 16 chefs arrive in Toronto where they meet for the first time and size up the competition. For their first Quickfire Challenge, head judge Chef Mark McEwan puts the chefs’ skills to test in a culinary relay race. Later in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must recreate the very first dish that inspired them to become a chef. Chef Chuck Hughes (Chuck’s Day Off) joins as guest judge.
Chefs on Safari
Season 3 -
In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a dish inspired by a classic cocktail. For their Elimination Challenge the chefs head to the Toronto Zoo where they work as a team to create a special tasting menu inspired by different regions and animals. The winner of Top Chef: Las Vegas, Chef Michael Voltaggio, joins as guest judge.
Here Come the Wives
Season 3 -
In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must make a decadent dessert for one of the stars of The Real Housewives of Vancouver, Jody Claman. In the Elimination Challenge, Jody asks the chefs to create luxurious and decadent party food for a garden party she is hosting for her friends from The Real Housewives of Vancouver.
Here Comes the Bride
Season 3 -
In this Quickfire Challenge, resident judge Shereen Arazam tests the chefs on their ability to properly create and price a dish in the first ever Top Chef Canada auction. Later in the Elimination Challenge, Shereen gets the chefs to help her with the menu for a surprise wedding shower for Top Chef Canada host Lisa Ray. Season one Chef Andrea Nicholson is guest judge.
Our New National Dish
Season 3 -
In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs put their taste buds to the test in a head-to-head taste-off and in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must come up with their take on what Canada’s New National Dish should be. Guest judging is David Rocco, host of David Rocco’s Amalfi Getaway.
Season 3 -
In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs need to create their take on a frozen pizza for noted Italian Chef Massimo Capra of Restaurant Takeover. Then it is time for the Top Chef classic challenge, Restaurant Wars. The chefs split into two teams and battle it out for the best restaurant concept and execution. Joining the judges at the table this week is celebrated Montreal Chef Normand Laprise.
The Indian Feast
Season 3 -
In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a dish based on a destination that Toronto Pearson Airport serves. The trick is they need to create this dish on the tarmac at Canada’s busiest airport with planes landing and taking off all around them. Later in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must create an Indian feast for the judges and guests Chef Vikram Vij and international comedy superstar Russell Peters.
Up In The Air
Season 3 -
For the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs battle it out in a burger war to create the ultimate Top Chef burger and in the Elimination Challenge, they take flight. Each chef must create a multi-course meal for Air Canada’s Executive First Service – and they need to serve it on board an Air Canada 767 aircraft. Joining the judges is James Beard Award winning Chef Charlie Palmer.
Wild Rose Finale
Season 3 -
In the final episode, the chefs head to Calgary, Alberta and face-off for the title of Canada’s Top Chef. Connie DeSousa and Jann Arden join the Judges' Table.
Finale In The Valley
Season 2 - August 3, 2015In the final episode, the chefs are faced with a surprise twist. Guest judge is renown master of contemporary Indian cuisine, Vikram Vij.
Food Meets Fashion
Season 2 - August 2, 2015For the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs create sweet and savoury pies for master baker chef Marc Thuet. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must create a “stylish” dish for a special fashion-focused lunch at Toronto’s Shops at Don Mills. Each chef is given the help of a surprise sous chef. Restaurateur Biana Zorich and noted food stylist and chef Jennifer McLagan act as guest judges.
The Italian Feast
Season 2 - August 1, 2015In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a classic and refined dish using a classic convenience food and Sony Recording Artist Keisha Chante joins in judging. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must create a traditional Italian feast for a table of distinguished guests that includes the first lady of Italian cuisine and guest judge Chef Lidia Bastianich. Chef McEwan hosts this once-in-a-lifetime feast at his Italian eatery Fabbrica.
Show Us Your Soul
Season 2 - July 31, 2015In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs create a child-friendly dish for Top Chef Canada season one winner Dale MacKay and his son Ayden. Later in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must create a dish inspired by soul food for a very special meal that is judged by internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelson.
Into The Wild
Season 2 - July 30, 2015In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a dish using ingredients found in an everyday vending machine with Spenny Rice of Kenny vs. Spenny as a special guest. In this Elimination Challenge, the chefs go camping to create a wild brunch in the middle of nowhere after spending the night in the great outdoors. Chef Roger Mooking of Everyday Exotic acts as guest judge.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Season 2 - July 29, 2015Chef McEwan puts the chefs’ skills to the test in the culinary skills Quickfire Challenge. For the Elimination Challenge, Top Chef Canada goes on location to feed the cast and crew of the hit Showcase series Lost Girl. The chefs must work as a team to create a Top Chef-worthy menu that follows the strict dietary needs for a hard working cast and crew. Executive Chef Michael Blackie from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa acts as guest judge.
A Classic Deconstruction
Season 2 - July 28, 2015In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a dish using traditional canned goods. During the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must deconstruct a traditionally classic dish for a table of food lovers which includes Top Chef All-Stars champion, Chef Richard Blais.
Season 2 - July 27, 2015In the high stakes Quickfire Challenge, Chef McEwan asks the remaining chefs to create their take on a classic lunchtime combo. Later, it is time for the classic Top Chef challenge – Restaurant Wars! Divided into two teams, each group must create – and execute – a brand new restaurant concept in 24 hours. The home base for this challenge is the flagship operation of internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur, Susur Lee, who also acts as a guest judge.
Food Through Time
Season 2 - July 26, 2015In this episode, the chefs must create a game day snack using a surprising mandatory ingredient. Special guest Number Nine of the Toronto Maple Leafs Colby Armstrong judges the chefs’ game snacks. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must take a trip back in time to create dishes for a fancy cocktail party. Special 80s star Alan Thicke acts as guest judge.
Isn't It Offal?
Season 2 - July 25, 2015In the Quickfire Challenge, Chef McEwan puts a dramatic twist on the classic Blindfold Taste Test. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs are asked to create a tasting menu that reflects “nose-to-tail” cooking for the master of that food movement, Chef Chris Cosentino. Joining the judges table is Executive Chef of Parts and Labour, Chef Matty Matheson.
Here Comes The Stork
Season 2 - July 24, 2015The Quickfire Challenge requires the chefs to create a dish that fuses two radically different ingredients to create one amazing dish. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs are divided into pairs to create food for a baby shower in honour of Top Chef Canada season one host Thea Andrews and resident judge Shereen Arazm, both of whom are expecting their second children.
Building A Home For Friends
Season 2 - July 23, 2015In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a refined dish under the critical eye of HGTV star and guest judge Mike Holmes. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs divide into teams to create a meal for hungry Habitat for Humanity construction workers.
Home Is Where The Heart Is
Season 2 - July 22, 2015In the season debut, the 16 Canadian chefs fighting to become Canada’s next Top Chef arrive for the competition and are thrown into battle in a dramatic Quickfire Challenge at Chef Mark McEwan’s stunning Toronto restaurant, Bymark. Later, in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must use their hometown as inspiration to create a memorable dish and Chef Michael Smith acts as guest judge.
Season 1 - June 13, 2015In the final episode, the remaining chefs are first challenged to create a BBQ beach picnic for a group of hungry volleyball players using Richard’s, Red, White and Dark Beers. In their final Elimination Challenge, the chefs must create a multi-course meal of their own design. The chefs are given a secret ingredient upon arrival at the restaurant. The winner of this very important meal is declared Canada’s Top Chef.
Chef McEwan’s Favourite Things
Season 1 - June 12, 2015In this episode, the chefs start off with a Quickfire that challenges them to create a dish inspired by popular Canadian movies (Porky’s, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Naked Lunch, Bon Cop/Bad Cop). For their Elimination Challenge, the chefs are invited to have breakfast with Chef McEwan and discuss his favourite foods. Later, the chefs must use that information to create a special family style meal for Mark and some very close friends.
Surf and Turf
Season 1 - June 11, 2015In this episode, the chefs are challenged to take haute cuisine to the street. For the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs create two distinctive dishes with international flair that can be served from a street cart in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square. In their Elimination Challenge, the chefs choose from a selection of seafood to create three distinct dishes in a very short period of time.
A Day in the Life of Canadian Food
Season 1 - June 10, 2015In this episode, the chefs draw inspiration from the Canadian landscape. For the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs create three distinctive Porter Airline snack boxes for the commuter airline’s consideration to serve in flight. For their Elimination Challenge, the chefs must choose a distinct region of Canada and create a day’s worth of meals from their chosen region. Regions featured include: BC Interior, Wild Rose Country, The Prairies, Ontario Greenbelt, La Belle Province, and the Maritimes.
The Numbers Game
Season 1 - June 9, 2015In the Quickfire Challenge the chefs must create a dish using only a certain number of ingredients as determined by a knife pull. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must create an amazing dish that could easily be recreated by the everyday Loblaws customer using a specific number of President’s Choice™ signature products. The chefs serve their creations to a group of everyday Loblaws shoppers.
Season 1 - June 8, 2015In the signature Top Chef challenge, Restaurant Wars, the chefs are tasked with creating a restaurant concept, menu and performing a full service for a restaurant full of discerning diners. The remaining chefs are split into two teams of four and each given a section of Chef McEwan’s popular Toronto eatery Bymark to debut their menus. In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs join forces to compete in the ever challenging Blind Fold Relay Race.
Life’s Little Milestones
Season 1 - June 7, 2015In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a dish using the secret ingredient, All Bran Cereal. During the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must create a special occasion menu for a group of couples celebrating a special anniversary. The chefs are split into three different groups and must create a selection of appetizers, mains and deserts that are described as “Familiar Food with a Twist.”
The French Feast
Season 1 - June 6, 2015In this episode, the chefs recreate their version of the classic Canadian snack food poutine for the Quickfire Challenge. Later, they dive deep into the world of classic French cuisine. Each must prepare a ten-course menu that features classic French proteins for an internationally-acclaimed French chef and restaurateur.
Pork to the People
Season 1 - June 5, 2015In this episode, the chefs go whole hog as they work with a favourite ingredient – PORK. For the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must properly butcher a whole pig. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs use the same pork they butchered to create dishes at George Brown Chef’s School for a cocktail party in support of Food Banks of Canada. Senior students from the Chef’s School at George Brown lend a helping hand.
Food From Around the World
Season 1 - June 4, 2015With a focus on food from around the world, the chefs must create their own unique salad for the Quickfire Challenge.
From Russia with Vodka
Season 1 - June 3, 2015The remaining chefs compete in the classic Top Chef Blindfold Taste Test for the Quickfire Challenge. Later, the chefs divide into teams to create a traditional Russian Zakusky – tapas style meal – using pure filtered vodka.
Cheese, Glorious Cheese
Season 1 - June 2, 2015In the high stakes Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create an inspired breakfast dish using 100% cow’s milk cheese from the Dairy Farmers of Canada. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs host an art gallery cocktail party where they serve hors d’oeuvres that use cheese to paint a picture of their teammate.
Getting to know you
Season 1 - June 1, 2015In the series debut, viewers meet the 16 chefs who will compete for the title of Canada’s Top Chef. The first Quickfire Challenge of the season tests their kitchen prowess in a heated culinary skills tournament. In the Elimination Challenge, head judge Chef Mark McEwan challenges the competitors to create a dish that tells a story of who they are.
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Lock It Up! It's The Finale
Season 5 - June 4, 2017
The Top Chef Canada: All-Stars Finale is here and the final three chefs go head-to-head in a high-stakes QuickFire Challenge. Later in their final challenge of the season, the chefs head to the historic Royal York Hotel for a course-to-course battle as the chefs serve their meals of a lifetime. Only one All-Star will win it all and become Canada’s Top Chef.
Final Four Showdown
Season 5 - May 28, 2017
The QuickFire challenge is a high-speed cook-off where the final four chefs have 35 minutes to create as many dishes as possible with the help of some highly qualified sous-chefs – Top Chef Canada’s previous four champions. In their Elimination Challenge, the final four All-Stars head to the shores of Lake Ontario to grill Canadian game meat for an intimidating table of judges that includes James Beard award-winning Chef Normand Laprise and the winners of the first four seasons of Top Chef Canada.
Pleased to Decieve You
Season 5 - May 21, 2017
After receiving heartfelt video messages from their mentors, the final five chefs are challenged to create a dish using ingredients packed for them by those same mentors. In their Elimination Challenge, the chefs must use the art of deception to create hors d'oeuvres that look like one dish but are actually something completely different. Guest judge Chef Derek Dammann joins Mijune, Janet, Mark and Eden at the table to taste these deceiving delicacies.
Ice Cream, You Scream, All-Aboard!
Season 5 - May 14, 2017
In the QuickFire Challenge, the chefs fly blind and pick ingredients without knowing that they will be using them to make….ice cream! Later, in the Elimination Challenge, the All-Stars go deep underground to serve decadent late night eats to a crowd of 100 on the platform of Toronto’s Lower Bay subway station. Guest Judge Chef Grant van Gameren is on hand to determine who’s aboard and who will get left behind.
Happy Birthday Canada!
Season 5 - May 7, 2017
In this QuickFire Challenge, YouTube sensation Josh Elkin stops by to challenge the remaining chefs to create All-Star dishes using Krave Jerky. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must take an important moment in Canadian history and make a dish worthy of Canada’s 150th birthday. Chef Jeremy Charles is guest judge as the All-Stars serve their historic meals at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Season 5 - April 30, 2017
In the QuickFire Challenge, culinary superstar Daniel Boulud asks the chefs to re-create some of his favourite dishes…but the All-Stars are in for a very unexpected twist. The Elimination Challenge features a Top Chef first as the chefs are split into two teams to create the ultimate menu on-the-go for Retail Wars! Joining as guest judge is world-famous chef and retail food maven Lidia Bastianich.
Meals Made in Canada
Season 5 - April 23, 2017
In the QuickFire Challenge, the chefs must create their All-Star interpretation of what is becoming the most important meal of the day…brunch! For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs create All-Star quality dishes inspired by Canadian cities. Joining as guest judge is iconic Canadian Chef Lynn Crawford.
Feast from the Middle East
Season 5 - April 16, 2017
In the QuickFire challenge the chefs go back to their culinary roots to be tested by guest judge Chef John Higgins on the five French mother sauces. And later in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs are split into two teams to create three-course progressive menus showcasing the diverse and decadent flavours of Middle Eastern cuisine. Acclaimed cookbook author and master of middle-eastern cooking Sabrina Ghayour joins as guest judge at Diwan, Chef McEwan’s restaurant in the Aga Khan museum.
Street Markets of the World ... Unite!
Season 5 - April 9, 2017
It’s a shuck off! In the QuickFire Challenge, the chefs face-off in a culinary skills tournament featuring fish filleting, shallot dicing, and oyster shucking. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs set off on a round-the world culinary adventure to cook dishes inspired by some of the world’s most famous street food markets. Chef Susur Lee is guest judge and joins the resident judges and a crowd of 75 for a Top Chef Canada pop-up street market at Toronto’s Artscape Wychwood Barns.
Season 5 - April 2, 2017
Top Chef Canada is back! In the season debut, Host Eden Grinshpan and Head Judge Mark McEwan welcome back 12 All-Star Chefs to compete in the most prestigious culinary competition in the country and battle it out for the title that has eluded them all: Canada’s Top Chef. For their first QuickFire in the brand-new Monogram kitchen, the chefs must create a dish that represents one of Canada’s four seasons. Later, in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs are challenged to take the ingredients from the dishes that sent them packing from their original seasons and use them to create an All-Star quality dish. At the table for this all-important first elimination are Eden, Chef McEwan, and a brand-new panel of expert resident judges, Chris Nuttall-Smith, Mijune Pak and Janet Zuccarini.